PewterReport.com has learned the real contract numbers for Jason Pierre-Paul’s restructured deal. The numbers reported by ESPN’s Field Yates weren’t the whole story, as Pierre-Paul’s restructure actually favors the team in a big way.

Yates reported: “Because JPP was on the NFI list, Tampa Bay was not obligated to pay him his salary. Instead, the Bucs give him a chance to make up to $10.5M, with a base value of $5M. JPP gets some security as he works to resume his career.”

Pierre-Paul’s base salary was actually reduced to $3 million – not $5 million as originally reported – and his salary isn’t guaranteed. He can be released at any time without any salary cap penalty. If Pierre-Paul reinjures his neck at any point in the first three games his salary goes down to $498,000.

Pierre-Paul suffered a fractured neck in May due to a car crash and was placed on the team’s Non-Football Injury list after it was learned that he would miss the entire offseason program, training camp, preseason and the start of the regular season in Tampa Bay. His contract is heavily incentivized and he is expected to be ready for action after missing the first six games of the year and return for the final 10 if his rehab goes as planned. Pierre-Paul can earn up to $2 million if he’s on the active 46-man game day roster on a game-by-game basis – $200,000 at a time.

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul - Photo by: Mary Holt/PR
Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

If Pierre-Paul, 30, plays in 50 percent of the plays on a per game basis he can also earn up to $2 million. He can earn an additional $2 million if his per game playing time increases to 70 percent.

Pierre-Paul was the team’s leading sacker last year with 12.5, and he can earn a $500,000 bonus if he gets eight sacks in 10 games. There is the opportunity to earn $1 million more if Pierre-Paul reaches 10 sacks in his abbreviated season.

So Pierre-Paul would have to play in 70 percent of the plays in all 10 games to earn the $9 million that was reported by Yates, and would have to get 10 sacks to have that number increase to $10.5 million. Yates was correct in reporting that the final year of Pierre-Paul’s contract was voided, meaning that he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

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  1. I hope he has another “miraculous” recovery. He comes back and performs well in at least our last eight games. I hope he then re-signs for at least one more year, if not more.

    I also hope Suh comes back for one more.

    We still have time to improve to a 9-7 or even a surprise 10-6 mark this year.
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    P.S. Barrett with 15 sacks and JPP with 8 sacks would make many of our fans very happy.

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  2. I’m sure if JPP plays he will end up rotating in to start, but what happens if he begins to shine? Will he be subbing in at backer and end? Barrett’s not coming off the field with his production unless he needs a breather. Nassib’s been getting decent pressure and is a captain so I doubt he go’s to reserve. I’m guessing he would take over Gholston’s spot, but is JPP a 3 down end in this defense? On another note, it seems our secondary may not be fixed after all.

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    • @lcbern45
      Not hating on Nassib but a good JPP is such a superior pass rusher to Nassib that JPP should be on the field 75 percent of the time over him on a passing down. I really only remember a couple of plays through the three games where Nassib got good pressure but I am sure there are numbers on that so you may be right.

      I know in his career that JPP has lined up all over the line in passing situations so maybe he does do some interior rushing of the passer.

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  3. Well this is definitely good to hear as it protects us but still gives JPP a chance to earn his money and then hopefully resign if he plays well. It’ll be pick your poison with JPP, Shaq, and Nassib available and they can rotate without any noticeable drop off.

    I’m thinking Shaq and Nassib outside and JPP on the line in Gholston’s spot on passing downs.

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  4. IF..JPP were smart, ( and he’s not) he would leave football and rehab permanently. Kinda sad when there are some who stick around only to even risk further damage to their bodies. I admire players who..know when to walk. Many of you do to. I’m almost certain he will never heal altogether while playing this game. Sure he will come back. But for how long and how good will he be. Good luck JPP. Both on the field and afterwards.

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    • nailed it

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      • Mike Alstott had a similar neck injury I believe and played several seasons after.
        The main thing is health. Beck fractures are no joke, and as much as the team needs him and as much as he wants to play remember this is just a game. When he’s done with football he and most NFL retirees are young with a long life ahead of them compared to the rest of us ham and eggers.

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    • Why do you think there is more chance of permanent damage to him than any other football player?

      When you say that you are almost certain he will never heal altogether while playing this game, that is not supported. Most people his age with a non displaced fracture heal fully with no sequela.

      If he had what John Lynch or Mike Allstott had with nerve issues, that would be when you would say that a person was wrong to continue to play football. Their chance of further permanent injury was much greater.

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      • Fracture is a fracture and the fact his neck was immobilized for so long. Just getting into football shape will be a challenge. I hope he has a long career, but just getting back on the football field will be a success.

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      • Obviously Mr. Geno you never played ball in college like I did. If you had, you’d know. And it would take up to much time and space to break it down for you. Ask Allstott if he is completely healed. I can tell you know nothing about the after medical life of college or pro players. If..you only knew.

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        • Reading comprehension is important there killer, especially if youre gonna be calling people names. He literally spelled out that Alstott had NERVE damage which is far more serious than a non displaced fracture. So yah… Alstott not being fully healed still would kinda validate his point and not yours. Whoops.

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  5. I wish JPP nothing but perfect health and to be protected during every snap by the football gods, but I’m not about to call a man dumb because he made a decision that was his to make. His body, his life, his future. I’m sure he’s fully aware of the risk. If he wants to put that on the line because his neck feels strong and he loves the game of football and his teammates (and for the BUCS of all teams…), then who am I to do anything but root for #90 to come back and form the nastiest pass rushing tandem in the NFL? If he comes back, plays ONE snap and then says “ehhhhh, nah….. this feels sketchy” and then straight up retires on the sideline, I’m all for it. His decision, his career.

    But we all know JPP is a beast and is probably in great shape despite all the noise. He’s probably looking at this (so far) incredible defensive line and listening to all the faux panic saying to himself “LOL. Maaaaaaan these boys have no idea. I’m about to FEAST with that man on the other side of me!!! GIVE ME THAT 10 MILL!!!”

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  6. Twspin, if JPP were smart? He doesn’t know when to let go of a firecracker, or drive a car. Does that answer your question?

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    • LMAO here.

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  7. He collects a check for 8 million tells his team mates to F off and skips camp with new coach, go to club same night his team is in camp and drive rear engine car into concrete wall.
    A smart team would say your cut clear your sh-t and scram………….

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  8. JPP Should live in a bubble when he is not on the football field.

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  9. The Bucs do not need JPP to compete with Miami and Bengals for first pick 2020 Draft.

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    • 3 games in and we’re done? Sad world you live in.

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  10. Unless somebody is a Dr. saying he shouldn’t come back is stupid. Once fracture heals you aren’t at more risk again than anyone else.

    As far as the troll assholes that say cut him now, he may come back in October and Bucs May be around .500. So that would be idiotic. This guy has shown he’s tough and wants to play bad.

    The same said asshole trolls also said he couldnt play or stop run when I’m fact he was a beast against run and racked up 12.5 sacks on lame defense with no help. Imaging if he comes back with this defense and lines up opposite end of Barrett.

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    • Only somebody who never played ball at the HS or college level would say something..Dumb like this about a severe injury. . Guess that’s you huh Fredstar?

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  11. twspin, do u share a trailer with DumAssBob?

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  12. i wonder what would belicheck do if he had this issue..

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  13. This is exactly what should have been done. They made it to where he can earn his money only if he earns it. He’s gonna come back hungry.

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